We try to run at least a couple of Club dive trips annually to give our members the chance to explore new dive sites and develop their skills away from the Rezza.
All trips are run at cost and we always try to keep these reasonable. Members will need to pay for travel, accommodation, food and any diving-related expenses such as boat hire and air fills.
Sometimes these trips are for a long weekend, other times a week away. We also run regular day trips to relatively local dive sites such as Chepstow National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC), Cromhall Quarry, Stoney Cove and Dosthill.
In the last few years we have run two week-long trips to Northumberland (diving around the Farne Islands), weekend trips to Plymouth, Criccieth and Lyme Regis, and even organised a member’s diving stag-do to Milford Haven! Previously we have also had many fun-filled Club trips to the Red Sea, Egypt.
In 2018 we have had a two days in Lyme Regis, a week-long trip to dive the famous Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands and a trip to north Devon where a badly-timed summer storm with force 8 winds put paid to our plans to dive with seals around Lundy Island.
There is already talk in the Clubhouse of a potential trip to Egypt in the near future, so stay tuned for more on that!
The map below shows places we’ve been (orange and blue markers) and where we’d really like to go (purple markers)!
We always try to open up the trips to as many divers as possible, however due to the nature of some dive sites that we visit, we do unfortunately have to restrict some trips to divers of certain grades and above.
Trips away are also usually open to spouses/partners/children/dogs of divers, so no one is left out! Non-divers always arrange a suitably entertaining schedule to occupy themselves while the divers are out at sea.
We have also run two very popular and successful trips to the Midlands Diving Chamber in Rugby, Warwickshire. This has given members the chance to experience a ‘dry dive’ to 50m, and the (sometimes amusing!) effects of nitrogen narcosis in a safe environment, whilst also learning about the dangers of decompression illness and how to spot the signs and symptoms. Everyone came away with a new appreciation of the valuable work that the staff at the Chamber do in treating divers decompression illnesses.
You can see some of our pictures from our first trip